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BMW135i Plus V8 Equals Pure Envy

by Sam Jemielity

From the year it came out, I’ve always had a crush on the BMW 1-series. Sure, it’s impractical, with a back seat that would have Verne Troyer kissing his knees. And many people find its stubby rear-end about as attractive as John Goodman’s. But I love the lines, and hell, it’s a BMW. So I had to check out the custom BMW 135i that gets tested in this episode of Drive.

Outfitted with the monstrous V8 from an M3, this custom beauty sounds… well, just listen. “I feel like I’m in a Grand Am race car,” says Drive‘s Matt Farah. “That sound is what I heard in the Turner Z 4.” After watching this 1-series rip through sinewy canyons, I think I’m in love.

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